Most Overrated Metallica Songs

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1 Enter Sandman

This song defines pop, not metal.

Because it's popular doesn't mean that it's a pop song. It's hard rock/heavy metal. - Userguy44

Far and away. I can name twenty Metallica songs better than this one easily. - Metarock

Okay, Metallica are the greatest band of all time, and always will be, and as much as I like Enter Sandman, there are other Metallica songs which deserve more recognition than this one...

For example, The Four Horsemen, Creeping Death, Master Of Puppets and One are definitely MUCH better songs, and any song from their first four albums are just pure genius!

I, like most true Metallica fans prefer the first 4 albums, this means I think most hit songs from the post-Justice era are overrated, starting with Sandman and Sad but True which are played at damn near every concert.

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2 Master of Puppets

Not the best off the album, not the best from the band, not the best of metal history either. Its too repetitive and stretched out too. There are plenty of better metal songs from other bands and Metallica themselves.

MOP is awesome, but I'm tired of seeing it at the tops of the lists of "Best 'Tallica songs ever! "

It is a good song, of course, and I love the live at Quebec Magnetic. But stop overrating this one, there's better stuff in its album and also in the other ones..

Pretty much ever Metallica song from their first 4 albums are better

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3 Nothing Else Matters

Song's not even that good, yet Metallica still plays it at every concert.

I've listen to Enter Sandman over and over again and I've never got burned out on it, But this song gets stale fast

Interesting, for me it's the opposite. Enter Sandman got stale very fast and I haven't got burned out of Nothing Else Matters. But I agree that both are overrated. - Alkadikce

Despite that I like this song I gotta say it's the most overrated song they ever made. People probably like this so much because this is something between classic rock that was huge back in the 70's and metal ballad.

This song is very overrated on this site it a number 5 for best Metallica songs it should be at 25 or 30 best and it's not metal its to soft and james sounds so quite soft other overrated songs are enter sandman one and lots of stuff that's post black album

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4 Seek & Destroy

This song is pretty boring and repetitive up until the the second half speed up but then after that it just drags on the outro too long too... not even close to the best on the album and way overplayed live

Although this is considered one of the band's classic thrash songs, I find the chorus and guitar riffs annoying and repetitive - The Four Horsemen is a much better song. - petrucci75hammet

This song is overrated. It overshadows The Four Horsemen and Jump In The Fire!

I truely have no idea how this song is always said to be the best song on Kill Em All. It's lyrics are pretty standard, and the song is repetitive. - kempokid

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5 Fade to Black

Lets face it, people just like it because of the guitar solo, which is not even close to one of the greatest of all time or even Metallicas greatest. The first bad Metallica song ever made in my opinion. Kill 'Em All was great and Ride The Lightning almost as good, but after Master Of Puppets Metallica went downhill. "And Justice For All.. " was too flat and everything after it lacked style.

Metallica itself is maybe the most overrated hard rock band. In my opinion you can't be one of the greatest bands ever if you have a few amazing songs. You need have many albums where the majority of the songs are great, and Metallica have way too many terrible songs to be considered the greatest bands of all time. Deep Purple and The Who are examples of bands that have endless good songs, and especially the latter clearly have even in more than one style of music.

With that said, Metallica is still good even if I think the band is overrated. Definitely among the 20 best hard rock ...more

I get if you think this song or Metallica is overrated, but your reasoning is so off point it's almost hilarious.

For fade to black: The solo is not the only amazing part of this song. The fact that you think it's the only reason people like it angers me. It's my favorite song of all time, because of the smooth and haunting intro, the engaging riff, the lyrical and vocal genius which is poured into the song, and then how the song instrumentally throws you into hard rock mode and makes you feel a way you can't describe, a way you've never felt about anything before, and then they go into the best guitar solo of all time (yes, THE best. )

Even if it's not your favorite, there is no way in hell you can really genuinely believe that it's bad.

Metallica: They do have endless amazing songs. I have not a heard a single Metallica song so far I didn't either like, love, or completely fall in love with. They have many amazing songs and then infinite other great ones, by far ...more - Songsta41

This song is too overrated! It's another overrated song that bores me to death! Why do people say it's better than Creeping Death?!

It is very. Real Metallica fans don't like the little ballads. - gemcloben

Pretty damn overrated, needs some rest. It's a good song no doubt, however, there are
Songs that are better than it that do not get the respect they deserve. I think MOP is perfectly rated; the best metal song of all time gets its due. But Day is not overrated at all! In fact, it's quite underrated and had it been in either MOP, RTL or AJFA, old metallica fanatics would have worshipped it. I guess, we expect metallica to change when we are the ones who actually need to, because a lot of their recent music is maddeningly brilliant; we just don't bother understanding the beauty of it.

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6 Hit the Lights

How the hell is this overrated, I need answers.

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7 Sad but True

How is this song number 9 on this list? I think this should be number 2 or 1 on this list. This song is so overrated and should be higher. It's a good song, but ridiculously overplayed on the radio. Please vote!

I liked it when I got the album, but it never goes away. I'd say the same about 'Enter Sandman, ' but that has certified classic credential, this is just an average album track.

At least it's not as overplayed as Enter Sandman...

Nickelback ruined it by covering.

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8 The Memory Remains

This is a pretty bad song which for some reason was a single and a huge hit. Extremely overrated.

As for other songs on this list:

Master of puppets has some good riffs and all in all is a good song, but it's sort of long and repetitive. It does get a lot of hype. It's a good song and I understand why so many people like it, but in my opinion it's not Metallica's best song, unlike a lot of other people's opinions. So yeah, it's sort of overrated. It's not THAT good.

Seek and Destroy is a great song. It's not overrated in my opinion. Fantastic riffs but maybe a bit repetitive.

One is another great song. Not overrated.

I like Nothing Else Matters, but it's slightly overrated

Enter Sandman has a good riff, but it is very overrated.

I love Load and ReLoad but this song is awful. Based on one boring riff, this song is weird, pathetic and not good.

I don't get why this was such a popular single off Reload, James' vocals at the end are some of the most irritating I've ever heard! - petrucci75hammet

It's a pretty decent song. Much better live

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9 Fuel

Fuel is a great song

Not even the best song for its album

Worst song I've ever heard after unforgiven 2 and aqll Linkin Park songs

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10 Harvester of Sorrow

Why is this played in so many concerts?! They should have played Damage, Inc!

This song is great, and fantastically heavy to boot. But I get why people think it's overrated, there's a few better songs on...AJFA that don't get as much love as Harvester. - Brobusky

Not a bad track, but I've never really gotten into it. - IronSabbathPriest

Sounds like a filler and anyone who votes for master of puppets as overrated can burn in hell forever

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The Newcomers

? I Disappear

Boring, not very catchy. Not terrible but Metallica have done so much better than this.

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The Contenders

11 The Day that Never Comes

Incredibly boring. It tries so hard to stand up to the classic ballads like One and Fade to Black, but falls flat on it's face. - IronSabbathPriest

In my ear it sounds like the song is trying to explode, but then it doesn't. - Disturbedpotato

My family plays this song all the time, and it gets a bit annoying after a while. Plus, everyone says this is the best song post-AJFA. I don't think so. This is one of Metallica's worst songs in my opinion and also one of their most overrated songs ever!

This song tries too hard to be like One!

All Nightmare Long is better.

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12 One

On every concerts - it should be played live. Overplayed.
This thing is going to your head after "Master Of Puppets" when you heard "Metallica".
Lyrics from this song know more people than "Master Of Puppets", "Enter Sandman" or "Fade To Black". And this lyrics are pretty easy to remember.
Everybody talking about this song. Not about "Master", about "One".

So, why this one can't be number one when it's Metallica's "One"?

You should think about it.

- Star Crescent

Maybe slightly overrated - Userguy44

Overrated? OVERRATED?! How in any way? This is my favorite (or second favorite) Metallica song! It is far better than Master of Puppets. It has the most amazing solo by Kirk, classic example of a double bass action by Lars. Great rhythm guitar and vocals by James Hetfield. Sure you can't hear the bass by Jason, but I've heard the version with the bass louder and it's... AMAZING! Jason Newsted is a great bassist. Maybe Newsted isn't the best bassist, the best bassist is Cliff Burton of course! Cliff Burton was the only thing Master of Puppets had that One didn't. But other than that, One is far better and SHOULDN'T be on this list.

Why this song is even on this list? This song is just perfect! The guitar solo, drumming by Lars, vocals by James, guitar riffs and the melodic first half of the song: just amazing! Master of Puppets should be in first place, and One... SHOULDN'T BE on this list. Shame on you who ever put this song on the list.

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13 Until It Sleeps

It's not overrated it's one of the most underrated metallica songs.

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14 For Whom the Bell Tolls

Good song; but VERY overrated.

For whom the bell tolls is the greatest song of Metallica.

Yeah, but it's still very overrated.

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15 King Nothing

This song is so boring where's your crown king nonthing it is too much lyrics they play it on the radio over and over again the song that I think I'd mostly overrated is one the music vidio is so annoying I hate it oh my god help me too much drama

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16 Now that We're Dead

To be honest this is one of the weaker songs from Hardwired still good but I have no idea why this one get's two music videos while the other songs only have one - christangrant

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17 Jump in the Fire

Dave Mustaine's version of this was better.

Nothing special in this song, it's kinda repetitive and boring

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18 Fight Fire with Fire

No, it's not, it's number 6 out of 8 on the respective rank-songs-on-album list. - Alkadikce

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21 Creeping Death

HOW IS THIS SONG EVEN ON THIS LIST?! I t has LITERALLY the greatest solo of all time and it tells a timeless story! I mean seriously everyone thinks Free Bird has the greatest solo ever but this song's solo puts Free Bird's solo to shame. I mean just cause Free Bird has one of the longest solos doesn't make it the best one. Creeping death is underrated if anything and they have the greatest solo ever case closed! -Avery

To the guy who commented "I always hated this song, so annoying, and they always play it live. Anything from Ride the Lighting is far better than this song" this song is on ride the lightning". You sure know a lot about metallica

I always hated this song, so annoying, and they always play it live. Anything from Ride the Lighting is far better than this song.

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25 Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

In my opinion the best song on Master Of Puppets. - Userguy44

Awesome song but just isn't quite as good as Thingy, Leper, Damage, Heroes. I think this is kind of the second Fade to Black which didn't stand out as much. Still amazing songwriting but some songs just sound better than others.

Nope. Not letting you say that about this treasure. - Songsta41

I just don't enjoy it as much as the other songs on Master Of Puppets. - EvilMangoes

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26 Stone Cold Crazy

I don't think it should've gotten the grammy over Rust in Peace

That really pissed me off. RIP is probably my favourite metal album of all time

Metallica are good, But queen is better at this song. - dragon13304

What a disgrace, they got a grammy for it, the QUEEN version is way better.

Why did this win a Grammy? Megadeth should have got it! - gemcloben

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27 The Thing that Should Not Be

Boring, repetitive, slow paced and superfluous drivel.

It's the thing that should not be on master of puppets. It's 2 riffs for like 6 minutes

One of the worst songs of all time. Boring, repetitive and almost unlistenable

This song made me sleep while listening to the Master Of Puppets album

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28 The Unforgiven

Never understood the big deal with this song. it's not bad. but it's not for me. I'm more into their thrashy roots

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29 St. Anger

A good song that is considered horrible by most people, is the opposite of overrated. - Alkadikce

Why the heck is THIS song on this list? It's bad, but for something to be overrated, people actually have to LIKE it.

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30 The Call of Ktulu

Wouldn't say this is overrated or underrated. - Userguy44

It doesn't have a lot of variety. Sure it sounds pretty good at times, but it's nothing compared to the other instrumentals.

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31 Slither

Overrated? I’m pretty sure most people forgot this song even existed. - TheMaelstromKing

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33 Wherever I May Roam

YouTube views (2019):

Nothing Else Matters more than 1.2 billion
Enter Sandman 568 million
One 465 million
The Unforgiven 360 million
Fade to Black 335 million
Master of Puppets 269 million
Wherever I May Roam 119 million
Sad but True 117 million
Seek and Destroy 137 million
For Whom the Bell Tolls 132 million
Creeping Death 63 million
Ride the Lightning 43 million
This says enough. - Alkadikce

Not as overrated as Enter Sandman or Nothing Else Matters, but yeah, it's overrated. Great song though.

This song is just lame, but people like it for some reason. This should be on the top tens.

Why is this not in the top 3?

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35 The Four Horsemen

It's not even the best song Dave Mustaine wrote for Metallica. Calll of Ktulu, Phantom Lord, Jump in the fire are miles ahead of this one. in my opinion it places roughly in the middle of Kill 'em All but it's still good

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